Welcome MRH visitors

Welcome visitors from Model Railroader Hobbyist Magazine.  Thank you for visiting my site.  Your comments will be appreciated.

17 Responses to Welcome MRH visitors

  1. Carter says:

    Like to learn from you. Watching your progress is after all not making mistakes myself and learning how to redo.

    • Rick says:

      Thank you! I believe one of the things that makes model railroading great is how we can all share and learn from each other. I’m pleased to share what I’ve learned from others – which is almost everything that you see on my postings. Happy Modeling!


  2. Looking for inspiration to get off my chair and build a layout. Great work here!

  3. Dave Calhoun says:


    Are you settled in yet? What is the progress on the new railroad? Any photos of the space and/or plans/drawings?

    I’ve hit a small roadblock on installing switch machines to “reach” several places out of arms reach and to ensure positive contact so engines don’t stall. So many other things impinge on work I’d like to get done. I need to get the railroad operating so I can have some fun while doing the landscaping. . .LOL!

    Follow your posts and comments, so I know you are still “in the game.” Looking forward to seeing Buck and Loretta relocated.


    • Rick says:


      Although our home has had 19 showing we’ve had zero offers – which isn’t unusual in the housing market. I had stopped building on the railroad; however, I after talking to Michael Rose I’ve decided to start work again. I’ll probably work on landscaping the alcove area. So, for the time being Buck & Loretta will “stay put”! Thanks for your interest. Rick

  4. Sandy Eustis says:

    I’ve visited your site several times in the past couple of years, and I truly enjoyed seeing your progress. Having lost several layouts over the years due to moving, I know how hard it must have been for you to dismantle something you so obviously loved. It’s great to see you’re back at it in a new location; I hope you were able to salvage a bunch of good stuff from the old Richlawn. Same scale, same theme this time around, or is the muse leading you in a different direction?

    FWIW, I’m anticipating another move myself sometime in the next couple of years, and so I finally got smart and decided to maximize portability with my current layout project — just so I won’t ever have to trash my own Buck and Loretta (her name is Mabel, and she’s been waiting for her train at the Winter Harbor station for just about two years now!) again. If you’re thinking about making your new layout more portable, you might be interested in visiting my new website — which I’ve finally gotten the courage to let the world know about after a month or so of fiddling with it – it’s now online at http://www.sandysacerr.com.

    • Rick says:

      Thank you for your comment and information about making the layout movable. I do want to make reuse easy in case of a future move and like your ideas.


  5. Carter Morgan says:

    Rick I believe I saw a post where you have move to Florida? If true where as I drive every few months south from Live Oak to Ft Lauderdale to visit my G-Kids. We can have coffee together some time. Carter

  6. Dave Calhoun says:


    Have the benchwork up for the new railroad but need some sound advice on cutting roadbed and installing it on risers (2″ is what I’m thinking as the height I want). I have some paper templates of track and switches to lay out on luan sub-roadbed on top of which will go cork roadbed to damped noise.

    Question: since I don’t have whole 4×8 sheets of sub-roadbed, can I get away with using the pink foam (have plenty) for sidings and buildings areas with switches on subroadbed areas for stability? The trackage would come off the raised portions to level(s) at the same height or slightly lower.

    What is your advice on laying out the trackwork and cutting the sub-roadbed? What is the best way to “join” sub-roadbed sections that meet? My old railroad was essentially flat on the benchwork; I want to make this one more professional and practical for scenery and good trackwork.


    Dave C.

  7. Rob Dove says:

    On one of your entries at the MRH website I saw the beginning of a comment about your new trackplan or a comment from another poster regarding the B&O freight house in Wheeling, WV. I have been unable to find the rest of the post any ideas on how to locate it.
    I have been enjoying your posts for quite sometime and am really looking forward to your construction photos of the new railroad.
    Your box fan and filter idea for dust control was fantastic and will become part of our club layout in the near future, pure genius.


    • Rick says:

      I looked for the post on MRH you referred to and can’t find it either – even using Google. It must have been deleted. Thanks for your interest in following my progress. Hopefully I’ll have much more interesting stuff to share in the near future. I’m glad you found the box fan filter helpful – I can’t take credit for it as I read about it somewhere. Rick

      • Rob Dove says:

        I actually ran across the person in question and found out he lives in Texas as do I and we have exchanged some information. He lives about 700 miles away, other side of the State. Just thought it was interesting that we are both modelling the same town in WV and were from WV and now reside in Texas.

  8. Tim Owens says:

    Glad to see someone besides me modeling the L&N. I grew up just 25 miles from Louisville and the L&N,s main line ran passed my home where I grew up.

  9. Richard Cook says:

    I obtained your web page and comment from my MRH forum post, ( No 34773 ), about creating a video viewed from the cabin of a model loco ( Your sample video was “MaskTestRR”. Thanks for your information as it was exactly what I was looking for. You mentioned you use Power Director.
    Before I buy the program I would like to download it free to trial it. Rather than spending a great deal of time in learning how to use it, do you have a video or notes on how to actually create this video, saving me tons of time leaving me to ‘play trains’.
    Thanks again, Richard Cook.

    • Rick says:


      Thank you for your email about using a mask in a video to give a “from the cab” loco view. I personally don’t have a video on the process; however, I found a number of them on YouTube along with videos from CyberLink (the author of Power Director) on how to do the technique. It’s not a real difficult process, but it does take some time to make the mask (which you can use over and over). I hope that this helps! Rick.

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